1215 Tasting Notes

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drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
1215 tasting notes

This is the ginger lovers tea – it’s very gingery, the most spice out of all the 52 Teas’ holiday teas. The pairing of roasty houjicha and gingerbread is great – both of those flavors I enjoy. Add a bit of sweetener and you get gingerbread sweets flavor!

Full review, along with the other 52 Teas Holiday teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/52-teas-2015-holiday-teas-tea-review/

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90

OMG, this needs to be perma collection! I’d be sad to see this tea not for sale until next Christmas, it is really good!

This tea is dessert tea heaven, minty and chocolate and marshmallowy over a nice smooth tea base. The chocolate is milky and pairs awesomely with everything!

My only beef with this tea is it’s a little tricky to steep just right. If you over leaf or over steep it is too pepperminty and you lose all the chocolate flavor. You also want to shake the bag well as if you get too much goodies you’ll get a watery cup. That said, I liked the parameters I list, and it took a couple tries to get it right.

Full review, along with the other 52 Teas Holiday teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/52-teas-2015-holiday-teas-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
MoxTea

mmm…I love mint chocolate! Thanks for the steeping note :) Must try

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80
drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
1215 tasting notes

This tea is like eggnog spiced to the max, makes sense as it’s also a chai! A quick summary – it tastes like eggnog spiced chai, hahaha! The base is a malty assam and I think this one, out this year’s 52 Teas holiday teas, would make the best latte.

hmmm, make this with eggnog and it’ll be crazy spicy good!

Full review, along with the other 52 Teas Holiday teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/52-teas-2015-holiday-teas-tea-review/

carol who

Sounds good!

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65

This one seemed too heavy on the Lapsang Souchong (or very well could since I do not like smokey Lapsang Souchong this didn’t work for me), with lots of charred nut notes and spice. The base is brisk and smokey. You’ll probably like this one if you love a smokey tea, but for me this was the weakest of the holiday teas this year from 52 Teas. Sad, as I really like chestnut teas!

Full review, along with the other 52 Teas Holiday teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/52-teas-2015-holiday-teas-tea-review/

Veronica

Ooh, I love smokey teas. I’ll have to give this one a try.

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85
drank Cranberry Orange Cider by 52teas
1215 tasting notes

This tea I thought I would like the least out of this year’s 2015 52 Teas Holiday tea line, but I was wrong. This one is quite nice – a strong orange tea with a light hum of spices. The rooibos is a good background, and wow lots of whole cranberries!

This one shines brewed strong iced – sounds weird but since I’m in a warm climate it works quite well!

Full review, along with the other 52 Teas Holiday teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/52-teas-2015-holiday-teas-tea-review/

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90
reviewed Urban Tea Tumbler by The Tea Spot
1215 tasting notes

I love this glass tea tumbler! It looks very nice and modern. It is glass and stainless steel with a double lid design with the filter on the bottom. The whole unit is really sturdy and quality feeling. Leak proof! You can flip the tumbler over and remove the tea leaf from the bottom. Drinking out of this tumbler is really nice.

The only con is the filter is on the small side. If you drink big honking leafed teas (rolled oolongs, wirey blacks, whites, greens) space is dicey to be able to leaf up to the 16oz capacity, especially if you like to leaf a little harder.

Full crazy in depth review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/urban-tea-tumbler-from-the-tea-spot-teaware-review/

Daylon R Thomas

You think it would be manageable for Gong Fu on the go? I just got mine for an early Christmas present and most of my teas are better for that method (though some of my large leaves actually do better western). I’m probably going to test it myself since I can take off and put on the strainer pretty easily, it’s just hot in doing so for obvious reasons.

Oolong Owl

I think it can be done, but the strainer is so small, would have to fill the vessel 1/4. Though it would depend what tea you are using, I tried an big leafy oolong the other day and it wasn’t expanding as well as I liked with 6g leaf in.

Daylon R Thomas

That’s what I thought, thank you! I don’t fill it all the way anyway so that I can easily turn it over and undo the strainer. So far, it works really well with smaller blacks and whites. I also tried it western with about two teaspoons Tea Spot’s Coconut Cabana Oolong which has small to medium leaves and I did get most of the flavors at about 8 ounces. It also worked with a little bit more water, but hotter water at a longer steeping time. The leaves themselves definitely opened, but didn’t expand as much containing more of the oolongs lighter flavors for later steeps. I think it might work with the Beautiful Taiwan Misty Mountain Oolong. The leaves for that one are pretty big, but I actually get more out of it with less leaves and more water at western. I’ll just have to see when I get that tea if it can expand enough.

Daylon R Thomas

Okay, so it works with the Misty Mountain Oolong. Only other problem I ran into was with high flavored teas. The washers for both the top and bottom lids are retaining flavors and scents from previous teas. Anything I can do to get those flavors out? The only thing I’ve found online is to soak the washers in vinegar.

Oolong Owl

baking soda does wonders for removing smells, just soak for awhile. Mandala Tea’s tea stain soak also does a great job. I’ve had both work for pulling smells out.

Daylon R Thomas

Awesome. Thanks!

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85

I got this as a bonus sample in my order. It wasn’t something I’d order as I see coffee and run.

However, this blend is hella smooth – the roasty oolong and chicory are great, the milky chocolate smooth it out, and there’s a bit of cherry in there. The majority of the taste is the oolong base. It’s got a bit of coffee aftertaste but it’s light. Very nice blend, I could be convinced to purchase it. Evil are these bonus samples!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

This is a spicy tea! The dry leaf has lots of big plump cranberries. The taste is medium hot clove and cardamon chai like blend, with a sweet and tart cranberry vanilla finish. I’m thinking this tea would make an excellent latte!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/christmas-spice-black-tea-from-secret-garden-tea-company-tea-review/

Sil

i really enjoyed this one too

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90

LEAF HOPPERS GO!

Man, I’m kicking myself for not trying this oolong before Tea From Vietnam’s thanksgiving/blackfriday/whatever sale, it was 30% off! This gui fei is very nice – lots of sweetness and floral, with some woodsy, honey, and clover notes over a thick texture.

All other gui fei’s I’ve had were greener and Tea From Vietnam’s gui fei tastes more oxidized which appeals to me greatly. Give this one a shot if you love floral and oriental beauty oolongs.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/gui-fei-oolong-from-tea-from-vietnam-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Rasseru

sounds nice!

TeaFromVietnam

Thanks for taking your time reviewing the tea Char! Great to hear that you love it.

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
1215 tasting notes

I’m not a fan of this one. I’ve drank 25g of it and after playing with steep times, I’ve given up and decided it’s the tea.

The pu’er base sucks and just doesn’t work here, it’s burnt, bitter, and a little fishy tasting. The cinnamon isn’t sweet. The blend very much so tastes like a cup of watery coffee. The aftertaste is that burnt bitter flavor you get after you drink coffee, that coffee bad breath.

The best steep was to do a long one and add a vanilla bean, which smoothed out and added some creamy. Milk and sugar would work well for this tea, but on its own it’s pretty harsh.

I’m sure if you like coffee this’ll be your tea. If you love Lupicia’s Chocolate Strawberry Pu’er stick to that one, that one is miles better. I’m disappointed in this one, I figured since Chocolate Strawberry is excellent, this one was too.

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

BTW, my Steepster cupboard is not even close to accurate and I track my teas on a spreadsheet. Last update 573 Teas – August 2015.

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